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Gillen Beck–NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Name: Gillenhaal Beck

Class Year: 2018

Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

Major(s): Physics, Mathematics

Minors or Concentrations: Computer Science

Opportunity and Year: NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2018

Project Summary: This NCAA award is a grant applicable toward the cost of graduate school.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? Even just in the application process, I received an incredible amount of help and support from countless members of the faculty. Before that, it was the faculty and community at W&L which supported me in finding and pursuing my academic passions—the passions which led to this opportunity.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? It was an incredible opportunity to attain funds to allow me to more wholeheartedly devote myself to my graduate studies.

Post-graduation Plans: I will be attending ETH Zurich for a Master’s of Science degree in Physics beginning in September.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? It will grant me the economic freedom to concern myself solely with my studies and research.

Extracurricular Involvement:

I was a member of the varsity Men’s Soccer team at W&L—a three year starter, and a captain my senior year.

Research Experience:

I worked with the thin-film research group in the Physics department at W&L for three years. The summer after my sophomore year, I worked in the Nanofabrication Research Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). My work at NIST is what made me positive I wanted to spend the rest of my life pursuing applied physics research.

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